My goals for November 2008 to February 2009

It’s been a long time since I posted, so today I’ll talk about the goals I’ve set for the next three months, and a recent shift in understanding I’ve had about goal setting.

I used to think that I had a big problem with setting goals, and that problem was that my desires were changing too rapidly, so I’d lose interest and want something different before I managed to achieve the goal. This would keep me flitting from one enticing goal to another without achieving any of them. This problem has been bugging me semi-consciously for a year or so, but I’ve recently had a shift in my thinking. I now think that I’ve been losing interest in the goal when I realise what the price I have to pay to achieve it is. When that happened, I either realised that the goal wasn’t worth the price, or I wasn’t willing to pay the price through lack of character (ie. courage, persistence and self-discipline).

So, in posting these goals, I’m making a commitment to pursue them over the next three months. If I choose to drop one, I’ll do so consciously, and explain why I did so here.

Here they are:

  1. I live independently from my parents.
    I’ve wanted to have some more independence and freedom for awhile, and I figure that now is the time to do it. Also, this is a prerequisite to #4, as my family has a low tolerance for crazy diets ;)
  2. I work part-time, devoting my remaining time to personal development and creativity.
    I haven’t yet worked out what I really, truly want to do for a career, but I’d like to create the space to experiment.
  3. I have a stable system for managing my budget.
    This is to complement #1 and #2. My intent is to create a sustainable living situation.
  4. I complete a 7 day juice feast.
    I’ve become increasingly interested in the raw food diet, which led me to discover juice feasting. I’m really curious about the link between diet and spirituality, and I’d like to explore that first hand. Ideally I’d like to extend this to 30 days, and use it as a launching pad to move from vegetarianism to a whole foods vegan diet.
  5. I run regularly with friends and / or a group.
    I’ve been running three times a week for the last few months, and I’ve been enjoying it greatly. I’d like to add a social aspect to it by running with other people.
  6. I regularly prepare and eat new healthy meals covering breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
    This is related to my comments in #4. I’d like to experiment to find foods that leave me feeling energised, and I suspect that heading in the direction of a whole-foods vegan diet will be a good heuristic. I’d like to come out of these three months with a diet that gives me a lot more awakeness and energy that stays fairly constant throughout the day.
  7. I meditate daily in a way that is highly beneficial and that I thoroughly enjoy, involving several different types of meditation.
    I’ve been feeling a bit of aversion to meditation recently, and I suspect that was caused by rigidly sticking to one meditation technique (qualified breathing, a technique from Tibetan Buddhism). I’d like to enjoy meditation more and explore some new types, such as visualisation of my intentions.
  8. I spend at least half an hour each day on some creative activity.
    In the same vein as #2, I’d like to experiment with my creativity and see what I enjoy creating. In particular, I’d like to move in the direction of creating things that have value to other people, leading into a new career.
  9. I regularly engage in meaningful conversation with both friends and strangers.
    This is all about developing the connectedness mindset and a feeling of oneness, which is described in Personal Development for Smart People, and also in this blog post. I experienced a taste of this mindset after reading and thinking about it for a few days. I began to feel a feeling of closeness and kinship with other people, just because we’re all humans, trying our best to figure out how to live happily. I’d like to make this my default way of feeling, and reinforce it with the habit of meaningful conversation with friends and strangers.
  10. I am crystal clear about my life purpose and top-level context.
    I’ve developed more clarity about my life purpose over the last month, and I’d like to deepen that clarity. My top-level context is my over-arching beliefs about what life is. Is it a random coincidence that we’re here? Maybe I’m here to express something positive, or just to joyfully create?
  11. I am experiencing an abundance of my life purpose values.
    My life purpose values are: responsibility, clarity, oneness, freedom, desire, simplicity, elegance, effectiveness and energy.

So those are my goals for the next three months (until the end of January 2009). It’s going to be an interesting few months :)

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2 Responses to “My goals for November 2008 to February 2009”

  1. Nicolas
    11 December 2008 at 11:55

    Great post.
    I suggest not only thinking on your targets for the month for that period but to also define your goals for life. Once you have done this you can focus on actions and projects that contribute to the achievement of these long-term goals.

    I wrote an article on this on my Time Management Master blog.

    http://memytime.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/set-your-goals-for-your-life/

  2. tabby
    30 December 2008 at 00:46

    I like all of these, particularly #9. For myself, I try to engage in connected conversation with everyone I meet… not that every conversation can be a deep or sustained connection but it can be a momentary touch of something human. And you never know which of the momentary connections will develop into something deeper and more sustained. I try not to miss those opportunities.

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